Feb. 6, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — After taking a year off, the University of Iowa women’s tennis team collided with in-state rival Iowa State in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series on Friday night at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones, 4-1, improving to 2-0 on the year, and cutting into Iowa State’s lead in the Cy-Hawk series, 13-8.
Iowa got the ball rolling early on in doubles play, giving them the early 1-0 advantage over the Cyclones.
At the No. 1 doubles slot, junior Annette Dohanics and senior Shelby Talcott picked up the first victory of the night, defeating Iowa State’s Samantha Budai and Ksenia Pronina, 6-3. The win was the duo’s first of the season.
Shortly after, senior Morven McCulloch and freshman Anastasia Reimchen locked up the doubles point for the Hawkeyes, scoring a 6-3 victory of their own after knocking off Iowa State’s Meghan Cassens and Ana Gasparovic. The duo improved to 2-0.
Freshman Zoe Douglas and senior Katie Zordani’s matchup with Iowa State’s Caroline Hauge Andersen and Anna Garcia at No. 3 doubles was abandoned after the Hawkeyes secured the doubles point. Douglas and Zordani trailed, 5-4.
The Hawkeyes were able to grab a 2-0 lead after Reimchen’s straight-set victory at the No. 2 position. The Forest Row, England, native defeated Iowa State’s Budai, 6-4, 6-2, to improve to 2-0 on the year. However, the Cyclones came back with a point of their own when Garcia knocked off Iowa’s Zordani in straight sets at the No. 4 slot, cutting the Hawkeyes’ lead to 2-1.
Iowa secured the victory over Iowa State after notching back-to-back wins at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. McCulloch and Talcott each earned their second wins of the season with identical 6-4, 6-3 straight-set victories.
Senior Ellen Silver and Dohanics both had their matches abandoned after the completion of the first set. Silver took the first set, 6-1, over Iowa State’s Talisa Merchiers at the No. 6 position while Dohanics won her first set, 7-5, over Gasparovic.
“I’m very proud of how the team competed tonight,” said UI head coach Katie Dougherty. We had a great crowd and played well against a strong Iowa State team. Our focus now turns to Utah State and preparing for another tough team on Sunday.”
Iowa returns to the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation complex on Sunday for a battle with Utah State beginning at 11 a.m. (CT). Admission is free to the public.
IOWA 4, IOWA STATE 1
1. Shelby Talcott (Iowa) def. Ksenia Pronina (Iowa State), 6-4, 6-3
2. Anastasia Reimchen (Iowa) def. Samantha Budai (Iowa State), 6-4, 6-2
3. Morven McCulloch (Iowa) def. Meghan Cassens (Iowa State), 6-4, 6-3
4. Anna Garcia (Iowa State) def. Katie Zordani (Iowa), 6-3, 6-2
5. Annette Dohanics (Iowa) led Ana Gasparovic (Iowa State), 7-5 (Abd.)
6. Ellen Silver (Iowa) led Talisa Merchiers (Iowa State), 6-1 (Abd.)
Order of finish: (2, 4, 3, 1, 6, 5)
1. Dohanics/Talcott (Iowa) def. Budai/Pronina (Iowa State), 6-3
2. McCulloch/Reimchen (Iowa) def. Cassens/Gasparovic (Iowa State), 6-3
3. Hauge Andersen/Garcia (Iowa State) led Douglas/Zordani (Iowa State), 5-4 (Abd.)
Order of finish: (1, 2, 3)